January 25, 2021

Cambridge University Press Announces Launch of Their Own Early and Open Content Platform, Cambridge Open Engage

From Cambridge U. Press:

Cambridge University Press is to expand their provision of open research services with the launch of its own early and open content platform Cambridge Open Engage.

Built in-house, Cambridge Open Engage will use the state-of-the-art technology behind Cambridge Core, the online home for the Press’s books and journals, to publish early and open research outputs including preprint papers, abstracts, conference proceedings, conference posters, grey literature, and open data. The content will be open and free to the reader, as well as free to the author to upload.

The first major partner to sign up to the new service is the American Political Science Association (APSA). APSA Preprints will launch on 29 August, with new partner sites and submission to the wider platform available in early 2020.

The platform will go beyond content dissemination to provide services that support and encourage researcher collaboration and better connect different parts of the research lifecycle. Hosting content from partners such as learned societies, research departments, and funders, as well as directly from researchers, its features and functionality will support an integrated, community-driven service.

Partners will be able to access a range of services, including content hosting, insights into trends and growth areas within research, and analytics across early and open research outputs within their organization.At the same time, authors will be able to easily share their research in advance of peer review and production, discuss and develop it with peers and build an audience ahead of formal publication.

The platform will also benefit researchers by helping them to find and work with academics across disciplines, discover early and non-traditional Open Access research, and extend the cooperative benefits of conferences through to publication.

The platform will be developed iteratively, starting this autumn, and Cambridge is inviting researchers to take part in shaping the development of the site to ensure that the platform is as useful to researchers as possible.

Vicky Drummond, Director of Online Customer Experience at the Press, said: ‘Co-creation will be a major part of the Cambridge Open Engage platform and we will be working with researchers to actively help us shape the functionality.‘ We created a new user panel of political science researchers to help co-create the APSA Preprints site.

Anyone interested in being a part of Cambridge Open Engage can visit the website and register for opportunities to shape its development.

See Also: Cambridge Open Engage FAQs

See Also: Cambridge University Press Releases 2019 Annual Report

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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